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CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

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Separated at Birth: Lady Gaga

Today we’re thinking outside the box. Lady Gaga appeared on ABC’s “GMA” this morning and her new look has her resembling former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

CNN Announces Promotions in D.C. Bureau

CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist has announced that the network is promoting some of its Washington-based correspondents. Those impacted include Jessica Yellin, Brianna Keilar, Jim Acosta and Rene Marsh.

“With these changes, CNN’s Washington team of correspondents will be even better positioned to deliver on our core missions of breaking news and enterprise reporting,” said Feist in a morning release. “As CNN continues to grow its newsgathering capabilities, we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of correspondents to move into these key roles.”

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Sorry, Prince Harry, Savannah’s Off the Market

NBC “TODAY” Show host Savannah Guthrie was all smiles this morning as she revealed her engagement to political consultant Mike Feldman, setting off a flurry of reaction in Washington and beyond.

Guthrie flashed her diamond ring on air. Weatherman Al Roker tweeted that actor Bradley Cooper brought Savannah flowers for the occasion. NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer remarked, “Two great people — Savannah and Mike — awesome news!” CNN’s Jessica Yellin added, “Wowza. Check out that pic! Congrats guys!” And Co-host Willie Geist assumes his invitation is in the mail: “Two of the greats. Spoiler alert guys: I already grabbed the shower caddy off your registry.” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote, “Congrats to Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman!!!! Xoxo.” NBC Washington’s Angie Goff wrote, “Congrats Savannah! You’ll make a beautiful bride.” And Mediaite founder and ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams added his congratulatory note, saying, “Two people I’ve really liked and respected for a long time.”

Savannah had a pointed message for Prince Harry… “Tell him I’m no longer available.”

Even US Weekly splashed it up on their site this morning.

See Cooper giving flowers to Savannah. Read more

Yellin and Mitchell Grace Elle

Who are the most influential women in Washington?

According to Elle, two of the 10 “luminaries” are journalists.  In a feature, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell were honored by the glam mag for “crashing DC’s old boys club – with style.” As part of Elle’s ‘Power List,’ Yellin and Mitchell joined the likes of Dr. Jill Biden, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Google’s Susan Molinari, among others.

As the sole female Chief White House Correspondent in the Briefing Room, Yellin earned her spot on the list for also being the only reporter to interview both the President and his wife last year. Of Mitchell, Elle says she is the living, breathing embodiment of the plucky heroines and fearless investigators (Nancy Drew and Brenda Starr) she idolized as a girl.

In the spread, Yellin and Mitchell are asked to pick their favorite fashion designers. While Mitchell picks Dior, Chanel and Jason Wu, Yellin mentions Theory and Tahari.

Read the full feature here. Politico‘s Patrick Gavin wrote up the mag’s evening at the Italian Embassy earlier in the week.

 

 

Elle, Gucci Honor 10 Washington Luminaries

ELLE and Gucci celebrated 10Washington “luminaries” at a private dinner Wednesday night at the home Italian Ambassador, Claudio Bisogniero.

ELLE Editor-in -Chief Robbie Myers and Gucci America president Christophe de Pous played hosts. Myers’ makeup was done by Karma’s Erwin Gomez, as we noted earlier in the week.

The event celebrated 10 bigwigs named to the third annual ELLE Power List, which appears in the April issue. This year’s honorees include: Read more

What’s Roland Tweeting?

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with CNN contributor and TV ONE host Roland Martin. His Twitter feed is an endless supply of equal parts wisdom, life advice and self congratulatory nonsense. So, what’s Roland tweeting these days? First of all, he’s in rain-soaked Tampa to cover the RNC. With the first day of the convention being canceled, there’s not much to do. Unless you’re Roland. He takes the time to tweet the footwear of his fellow CNNers since everyone is wearing galoshes. He posted pics of Kyra Phillips, Ryan Lizza, Margaret Hoover and Jessica Yellin. We posted the pic of Hoover’s on the right because her zebra print galoshes are the most stylish. Roland thinks Lizza needs help in the shoe department. “Gotta get him to step us his fashion game,” Roland later told us with his signature “LOL.”

Meanwhile, the online world is praising the update of the iPhone Facebook app. It’s faster, cleaner and more user-friendly. Just don’t tell that to Roland. He angrily tweeted the following:

Roland’s “Fam” of Twitter followers leaped into action and offered several possible solutions. Apparently, he didn’t get an answer that he liked because he tweeted, “Many of you are saying HootSuite. But does it allow updates to your like page or just the profile page? That is key for me .”

Keep on rolling Roland! We’ll be watching.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


“To live my life in a kind of metaphorical fishbowl, it’s pretty challenging, yeah.” — Madonna on NBC’s “Rock Center” last night.

A Question to Ponder…“So isn’t castrating a dog worse than tying a it to your roof for a couple of hours? #askingforafriend” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Uh oh! Tschida’s pooch takes a leak in the house

“pup pees in house. supposed to praise profusely when he goes outside. so pick him up say LOVE YOU smother him with kisses. get weird looks.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Deep Thoughts With Lachlan Markay

“It’s so cute when people complain about how dysfunctional DC is then insist on giving it more power.” — Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay.

CNN reporter endures DC DMV

“Covering presidential politics, White House, global issues – cakewalk compared to dealing with DC DMV.” — CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Politico‘s Roger Simon: Resident Tough Guy

“Wife just killed a centipede. Thank God for wives.” — Roger Simon.

USA Today travel writer deals with dopey cab driver; BuzzFeed reporter chokes on a pretzel

“Oh cab driver, that’s my arm u just slammed your trunk door on. Hope this is not an indication of what’s to come on this trip #travelfail” — Nancy Trejos.

“Started to choke slightly on a pretzel, tried to wash down with diet coke, spilled diet coke over hair, shirt, pants.” — BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray.

Washington reacts to Dick Clark’s death

  • “Dick Clark’s fabulous makeup artist is now available.” –  James McTague, Washington Editor of Barron’s.
  • “I move we cancel New Year’s Eve this year.” — ReutersSam Youngman.
  • “He made us feel as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.” — President Obama.
  • “Condolences to the family of Dick Clark. We join them in mourning his passing, & will never forget his achievements in entertainment & music.” — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
  • “#DickClark taught me & so many others to dance to the beat of the music. God bless his teenage spirit. Every Saturday morning after cartoons.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “America’s oldest teenager has died. Dick Clark passed away at age 82. The phrase ‘good beat- easy to dance to’ keeps running through my head.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Journo Hate

“You see, Smith will have his staff go on and on about elevators and a dog named Seamus–but not a dog named Dinner.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte in a story claiming that BuzzFeed‘s Smith shills for Obama — i.e. he’ll cover the Mitt Romney dog on a roof flap, but not Obama growing up eating dog, as reported by The Daily Caller.

“Now officially hate the jaunty NPR ‘Hey there, Ari’ reporter intro. My friend H called this sort of thing ‘hearty hack.’ I blame @kairyssdal” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus referring to NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn, Eddie Scarry and Piranhamous

Relationships are funny. They can last nights, years, or a lifetime. That can mean an eternity of laughs and love and mutual respect. It can also mean that you get stuck in a rut where it just drags on and on and you can’t stand the way the other person fake laughs at your jokes or crunches their cereal in the morning or never actually FOLDS the laundry, they just throw it on the floor. But, breakups happen. Sometimes, it’s no one’s fault — just simple, obvious incompatibility. Other times, it’s personal. Two people united in a vile hatred for each other. Heated blowups, spitting in food, infidelity, rage-filled silence and threats of lawsuits are all common symptoms of a relationship gone south. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today we bring you the Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups of recent times. Enjoy!

10. Keith Olbermann and MSNBC  — Calling Keith Olbermann a “big fish in a small pond” overstates the ratings at MSNBC. He was more like a goldfish in a cereal bowl. But still, he was MSNBC’s biggest fish. So when they split last year, it came as a shock to his fan(s). It was an abusive relationship, for sure. Tales of Olbermann’s temper tantrums are the stuff of legend. The world in which his ego lives is one in where he his popular and influential, the world in which his body lives is the real world. When Olbermann abruptly announced on January 21, 2011, that that night’s Countdown was his last, his fan(s) cried, and throngs of Americans he painted as enemies, laughed. Both knew he would be back, his ego wouldn’t allow him to keep his opinions to his favorite and most loyal audience – himself. He returned to basic cable last fall, on something called Current TV. With production values just this side of public access and an audience almost as small, Keith quickly returned to his abusive habits. After some couple’s therapy, things seem to be going more smoothly. Not audience wise, no one watches Current TV, but at least Keith isn’t abusing the staff anymore.  Winner: MSNBC. They unloaded an angry man for whom no one enjoyed working. Loser: Olbermann. He’s now in the basement (both in ratings and, from the looks of it, his set). His contract with Current TV is technically larger, but based on company stock which, if the black hole that is his ratings don’t improve, is less valuable than a plastic bag filled with chewed gum. — Piranhamous

9. Pat Buchanan and MSNBC — As the closest thing to a Republican as MSNBC will allow on its air, you’d think Pat Buchanan would’ve had some job security simply based on the network’s desire to hold on to the last thread of a plausible claim of credibility and objectivity. If you thought that you’d be wrong. Buchanan, a former Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, was suspended for having opinions that strayed from the progressive orthodoxy MSNBC has sacrificed its objectivity for. Color of Change, the race-based thought police group, with the help of other left-wing groups, paid for an Astroturf campaign against Buchanan, to which MSNBC brass was only too willing to cave. Buchanan has a long history of saying stupid things, but had comfortably settled into the role of “right-wing” dancing monkey for MSNBC’s left-wing organ grinders. When the pennies stopped flowing he was cast aside for a newer, incredibly stupid model – Meghan McCain. While Pat is smart, McCain is not. Pat would probably call it  “affirmative action,” but it’s really, like our credit rating, a downgrading. Pat could make points and use facts that would stump and contradict MSNBC hosts, Meghan confuses the words “modicum” and “emoticon.” Winner: No one. They’re like the couple that should’ve broken up years ago, but stayed together for the kids. The kids are grown now, though they still live at home, so this break-up was a long time coming. Buchanan is ready to retire, and he’d actually have a larger audience if he retired to The Villages and just gave speeches in the rec room. MSNBC now has a pure line-up of progressive mouthpieces, so their audience won’t be threatened by being exposed to opposing viewpoints. It’s win-win. Well, technically it’s lose-lose, but who’s counting? — Piranhamous

8. Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker–  Almost immediately after ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker were teamed up for a primetime show on CNN, there were rumors that things just were cooling between the two. The show, titled “Parker Spitzer,” started in October 2010. Ratings were terrible, usually putting the show in last place in the cable news race. Then,  just four months after its debut, Parker announced she was leaving. A report in the New York Post said that Parker often felt upstaged by Spitzer who was more adversarial in his questioning of guests. The report said Parker “stormed off the set” during one taping of the program in November. But who ever thought Parker and Spitzer, who once had a thing for prostitutes, would make good bedfellows? After Parker scrammed for good, Spitzer was back the following week flying solo with a new program, “In the Arena.” That show itself was canceled nine months later. — Eddie Scarry

7. Politico and EVERYONE – Few media outlets have broken more hearts than the behemoth that is Politico. Last year alone, we saw them lay waste to several high profile reporters. Amie Parnes left her perch as FLOTUS-ass-kisser-in-Chief to cover the White House for The Hill. Chris Frates left Politico last year and jumped to NJ. This was particularly heartbreaking, since Frates had been with Politico since the beginning. Soon enough Politico threatened with threats of a lawsuit after Frates allegedly used a reader list for his new job — a charge NJ has always denied. Nonetheless, he pulled names to appease the situation. Kendra Marr resigned after she was busted plagiarizing the work of NYT writer Susan Stellin. We could go on and on and on with all the reporters that left Politico last year, but the most notable was Ben Smith, who left to become Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed. Sure, he’s still associated with Politico, but let’s not kid ourselves. They’re friends with benefits at best. — Peter Ogburn

6. David Shuster and MSNBC – This one goes back to 2010. MSNBC just didn’t know WHAT to do with David Shuster. He was their utility man, filling in for Keith Olbermann and various MSNBC shows. He had his own show with Tamron Hall, but no one could decide on which time slot to put him in. All of the back and forth and non-committal behavior from MSNBC prompted Shuster to explore his options. He filmed a pilot with CNN, which is a HUGE no-no. When MSNBC boss Phil Griffin heard of the news, Shuster was “suspended indefinitely” and later, sent packing. Shuster has landed on his feet after the ordeal. Or maybe he’s just landed. He is at Current TV as the primary substitute host for Olbermann and he hosts a weekend radio show on 1480AM. He also has plans to launch an investigative journalism website. Shuster gushed about MSNBC. Think warm fuzzies. “The breakup with MSNBC was amicable,” he told FishbowlDC. “We parted on mutually respectful terms… and I continue to have many close friends there.  Furthermore, leaving MSNBC opened up some amazing doors for me — a rewarding internet venture, weekly radio gigs that are as much fun as one can have in broadcasting, and the opportunity on Current TV to deliver the kind of analysis/commentary that I’ve always desired.  So, I have no regrets and wish the best to everybody at MSNBC.” — Peter Ogburn

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Washingtonian Kills Line on Lowe’s Son

Washingtonian has its own whodunit mystery theater going on in the world of Capital Comment writer Carol Joynt. She has been inexplicably deleting items and lines — not an overwhelming amount, but one on her personal blog, another on the magazine’s website.

The latest of which occurred Monday.

On its surface, the item on Washingtonian‘s website appeared to be an innocuous item on Rob Lowe visiting Washington, where he dined with six lovely ladies at The Four Season’s Bourbon Steak. Among them was NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lobbyist Jack Quinn’s wife, Susanna Quinn, a friend and Washington liaison to Lowe, and Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

In the next sequence of the mystery, Joynt wrote up the item and included this line: “Lowe’s son has stayed in the past at the home of Quinn and her lobbyist husband, Jack Quinn.”

But soon the line involving Lowe’s son disappeared.

We asked Joynt: “Why did you remove the line?” She declined to comment. We also wrote Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. So far, he’s not talking either. Lowe’s son, Matthew, spent the summer interning for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). And yes, he bunked at the Quinn’s humble abode.

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